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Club may post temporary signs

Lions, Hughes Creek granted variances to new ordinance
by Martha Quetsch
The Elburn Village Board granted exceptions Monday to its brand-new sign ordinance.

The board will permit Hughes Creek Golf Club to display a six-foot banner during its May through September season, and the Elburn Lions Club to post trailer-mounted signs for five events during the year.

Under the village’s sign ordinance approved in April, the signs are not allowed. However, the board granted variances for the Lions and the golf club.

Trustee Patricia Romke suggested that golf club operator Heather Espe erect a permanent sign in the future at the club on Hughes Road. The club has posted the banner with its name and offerings for many years, but the banner now is prohibited by the sign ordinance.

Espe said a permanent sign might be cost-prohibitive.

“This is an expensive venture. We just got a three-year lease (from the Kane County Forest Preserve, which owns the golf course property) but I don’t want to buy a sign if we won’t be there beyond three years.”

New village trustee Jerry Schmidt said the board should look at revising the new sign ordinance.

“We have to help our businesses,” Schmidt said.

The Lions will be permitted to post temporary signs at locations including Route 47 and South Street and Route 47 and Stetzer Street, to advertise events such as its summer farmer’s market, Day in the Park and Elburn Days. The events benefit charities.

Plan Commission: Site wrong for retirement community

by Martha Quetsch

Elburn Planning Commissioners agreed on Tuesday that the village needs senior housing, but say the location of a proposed retirement community is not suitable.

The site for the Elburn Prairie senior development is directly west of Hughes Creek Golf Club and east of Route 47, between Kenmar Drive and Hughes Road. The complex is designed for people to be able to live there from their 50s through the rest of their lives, providing a continuum of care.

“Overall, I love the idea. But I am concerned that it is not within walkable distance of anything,” commissioner Paul Molitor said.

Commissioner Ken Anderson said a better location for a senior development is one closer to the community of Elburn.

“That would be a better fit,” Molitor said.

He also said the development’s density is too high for the area.

“South of Hughes Road, there are no (residential) parcels smaller than a half acre,” Molitor said.

Planning Commission Chairman Pat Schuberg said she does not like the size of the multi-story buildings that dominate the project.

“I have a tough time seeing this project in this spot,” Shuberg said.

The property owner is a physician, Alekzander Jakubowski, who first proposed the development in July. Since then, Jakubowski changed the plan in response to various concerns expressed by village trustees.

Changes included reducing the height of two proposed buildings from five to four stories; introducing open areas on the north side of the property for landscape buffering along Huges Road; and eliminating cul-de-sacs.

Jakubowski’s conceptual plan includes a 300-unit, three-story enhanced care center; a four-story independent living building; a four-story assisted living facility; 18 single-family units; a 250-unit, three-story memory and skilled-care structure; a community center; 28 condominiums; a bike/pedestrian path; a putting green; and a two-story, 40,000-square-foot commercial building that the developer said would be used for medical offices.

Developer representative Emo Furfori said Wednesday that he and other project planners will meet soon to “regroup” and confer with Jakubowski, who is undecided about whether he wants to continue pursuing village approval of the plan.

If they decide to push forward with the project, their only recourse would be to propose a lower density, said Furfori, a land planner for the project designer Schoppe Design Associates, Inc.